This is How Headaches Reveal What is Wrong With Your Health

headache health FIWe all get headaches every once in a while. My go-to before taking any type of medicine to get rid of the pain is to drink lots of water and eat a banana. With certain types of headaches, the water and banana trick won’t work. There are hundreds of different types of headaches, and millions of Americans are misdiagnosed every year when they seek medical help after experiencing headache symptoms. Scientists still don’t know exactly what causes many types of headaches, so figuring out how to treat a certain kind can be tricky.

While a headache may be brought on by something fairly simple such as dehydration or fatigue, it could also be a sign of a more serious illness. In the video below, Dr. Sakib Qureshi MD, a neurologist, explains the “red light warning signals” that may accompany certain headaches, and how to differentiate between a temporary headache and something that may be more life-threatening.

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The Top 6 Remedies For Migraine Relief

A migraine is a neurological disorder, where one experiences headaches along with symptoms associated with the autonomic nervous system. There are simple and natural remedies that can help reduce the pain and consistently decrease frequency even in common sufferers.


Migraines
ares now recognized as a chronic disorder, not simply as a headache. A migraine can last for hours and is caused when arteries are inflamed due to the release of chemicals. These chemicals are released when you have an allergic reaction, stress, sleeping pattern, menstruation, menopause, and fasting.

Symptoms include sensitivity to light or sound, changes in appetite, fatigue and yawning, malaise, mood changes, food cravings, and usually unilateral throbbing pain on the head.

Certain foods are among the most common triggers for headaches and migraines. Gluten, soy, artificial sweeteners, MSG, caffeine, and casein are the main culprits.

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Melatonin treats migraine headaches

A recent study showed that melatonin is an effective treatment for migraine headaches.

The study

Study participants had a history of 2 to 8 migraines per month. They were divided into three groups, those taking 3 mg of melatonin, 25 mg of amityptyline (an antidepressant drug commonly used to prevent migraines), and placebo. The melatonin group had better results than either of the other two groups. The criteria for improvement included less headaches per month, reduced migraine intensity and duration, and reduced use of pain killers. (more…)

A Naturopathic Approach to Treating Migraines.

Migraine headaches are often debilitating, underdiagnosed and, unfortunately, quite common. Estimates put the prevalence of migraines at roughly 12 percent in the U.S. and slightly higher in Canada, with women affected three times more frequently than men.(1,2) Here, I’ll be reviewing both effective and safe therapies for migraine, and to also mention two key principles of naturopathic medicine applicable to individualized and public health approaches to migraine treatment. The first is prevention; currently only 12 percent of individuals with migraine (migraineurs) in the U.S. use any form of preventative therapy, while 98 percent use some form of acute treatment.(3) Given that most natural therapies are effective for migraine prophylaxis (rather than acute treatment) and without adverse effects, they may be the most appropriate choice for many migraineurs. (more…)

MIGRAINES AND OTHER HEADACHES

Migraines often result from dietary inadequacies.  Dietary inadequacies can result from diets deficient in particular nutrients or from metabolic errors.  A full 80 to 90 percent of all migraine patients in one study tested positive for food allergies.  The best remedy for food allergies is to correct improper gut function. (more…)

6 Simple Ways to Prevent Headaches

Despite what you may have been told, the particular label you place on a headache is less important than taking a multi-pronged approach to returning your body to its natural, balanced state in which headaches are less likely to occur.

After personally suffering from painful migraines for nearly 30 years, I devised the following “integrated mind/body approach” to preventing headaches of all kinds from taking hold in the body. Indeed, the key to ending headache pain is proactive avoidance of its causes rather than reactive treatment of its symptoms.

Here are 6 simple things you can do that will start balancing your body and aid in preventing headaches: (more…)

Head hurt? Don’t reach for the pills yet

An aching head is one of the world’s most common health complaints. Almost everyone’s head aches at some time… and millions of people suffer on a regular basis. But many people don’t recognize some of the most common causes… or the simple ways to get rid of that throbbing in your head.

Today, I’ll let you in on a few secrets about aching heads.

One of the most common causes strikes on the weekend. After a long week, millions of people try to catch up on their sleep. But when they wake up, their head is pounding. Many of them blame it on “too much sleep.”

But they’re really experiencing the effects of caffeine withdrawal.

An achy head is one of the most common signs of caffeine withdrawal. And studies show that even people who drink fairly little coffee can suffer.(1) Getting up a little earlier on the weekends – and drinking your morning cup of coffee – will help clear this problem right up.

Mild-to-severe head pain is a classic sign of a hangover, too. You may have even heard about drinking a large glass of water after overdoing it. The water helps hold off the throbbing head of a classic hangover.

That’s because alcohol tends to dehydrate you. And it’s the dehydration – not the alcohol itself – that causes your head to hurt.

Studies only confirmed that dehydration can lead to an aching head in the last few years. But it’s a remarkably common problem. And it can be remarkably easy to relieve. Two-thirds of the people in one study got rid of the aching in their heads within a half-hour just by drinking – on average – a pint or so of water.(2)

Fasting is another common trigger for an aching head. During religious holidays many people who fast suffer, though the exact cause isn’t known. Caffeine withdrawal and low blood sugar have been suggested.

Whatever the trigger… if you try one of those “quick-start” fasting diets, there’s a chance you’ll find your head pounding.

Of course, stress and tension also get your head pounding. And if that’s what’s happening to you, I have good news. You still may not have to reach for a bottle of pills.

White willow bark tea will often do the trick. Willow bark has been used safely for nearly 2,500 years. Even today, it’s a popular home remedy. And it’s the only herb Germany’s famous Commission E recognizes for an aching head.

If you get frequent headaches, acupuncture may bring relief. In two large trials – lasting 3 months each – acupuncture promoted fewer and less severe episodes of head pain.(3)

If needles make you nervous, you can try acupressure. Taiwanese doctors discovered most people felt 6 months of relief after just one month of acupressure sessions.(4)

If you suffer with frequent, blinding aches, co-enzyme Q10 – CoQ10 for short – may help. Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University started a group of sufferers on 150 mg of CoQ10 a day. After just 3 months, 61.3% reported less than half as many days with an aching head as before.(5)

Most often, the throbbing in your head has a simple cause. And there’s usually a simple way to get relief. Sometimes, it can be as easy as drinking a glass of water.

References:

1 Silverman K, et al. Withdrawal Syndrome After The Double-Blind Cessation Of Caffeine Consumption. The New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 327 OCTOBER 15, 1992 Number 16.

2 Blau JN, et al. Water-Deprivation Headache: A New Headache With Two Variants. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, Volume 44, Issue 1, pages 79–83, January 2004.

3 Linde K, et al. Acupuncture for tension-type headache. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009 Jan 21;(1):CD007587.

4 Hsieh LL, et al. Effect of Acupressure and Trigger Points in Treating Headache: A Randomized Controlled Trial. The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Volume: 38, Issue: 1(2010) pp. 1-14.

5 Rozen TD, et al. Open label trial of coenzyme Q10 as a migraine preventive. Cephalalgia. 2002 Mar;22(2):137-41.

 

About the author

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Dr. Kenneth Woliner is a board certified medical physician and modern day pioneer in the world of alternative men’s health and nutritional science. Using a unique combination of modern “Western” medicine and traditional holistic healing practices, Dr.Woliner has revolutionized men’s health care treatments for many of today’s most common male health concerns – specializing in alternative treatments for Prostate enlargement (BPH) and a myriad of erectile concerns and men’s sexual health issues.

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Use vanilla and other natural remedies to relieve and prevent headaches

For many people, vanilla may be the key for eliminating headaches. Vanilla extract contains eugenol, an essential oil that has antiseptic and analgesic properties and that helps unclog blood vessels.

The ancient Egyptians discovered that vanilla beans would cure a headache almost every time regardless of how serious the duration or intensity. Though they did not discover why vanilla worked, they found that it was three times more effective than their previous best treatment, turmeric. (more…)

Ginkgo Biloba, Co-Q10, Riboflavin and Magnesium Effective in Reducing Migraines.

The migraine headache is considered a vascular headache, although the precise mechanism and etiology remain unknown. There are several known triggers some of which include food allergies, blood sugar disturbances, stress load, mechanical injury, and hormonal fluctuations. The vascular hypothesis of migraine, first proposed by Wolff, theorizes that the aura of migraine is caused by intracerebral constriction followed by extracranial vasodilation resulting in headache pain.

Ginkgo is among the oldest living species on earth and has been used extensively as a medicinal agent worldwide for centuries. It is the most frequently prescribed medicinal herb in Europe, with hundreds of studies reporting positive effects from taking ginkgo for both the prevention and treatment of various health complaints. The most dramatic benefits are reported in improving circulation in the elderly. This can lead to enhanced memory, possibly delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, reducing senile dementia, tinnitus, and vertigo. Ginkgo’s memory-enhancing effects are reported in younger populations as well.

Coenzyme Q10’s benefits are due to the following two attributes. First, Co-Q10 is an important fat-soluble antioxidant that is uniquely able to protect the cells’ energy producing machinery, known as mitochondria, from free radical damage. Second, coenzyme Q10 is necessary for the production of energy in all cells of the body.

The aim of a recent study published in the journal Neurological Sciences was to verify the effectiveness and safety of a complex containing ginkgolide B (herbal constituent extract from ginkgo biloba tree leaves), coenzyme Q10, riboflavin and magnesium in the treatment of migraines. A population of school-aged children with migraine was enrolled in the study. The results after 3 months of treatment with the ginkgolide B, Co-Q10, riboflavin and magnesium complex was a significant decrease in frequency of migraines. These findings suggest alternative treatments such as ginkgolide B complex should be considered in the treatment of childhood headache for its effectiveness with no adverse reactions.1

1 Esposito M, Carotenuto M. Ginkgolide B complex efficacy for brief prophylaxis of migraine in school-aged children: an open-label study. Neurol Sci. Feb2011;32(1):79-81.

 

Source: Neurological Sciences

Solve the Mystery of Migraines

Imagine an excruciating headache that manifests as a spectacular light show, pulsating and exploding in sync with the pain in your skull. Or perhaps it’s an incessant stabbing coupled with nausea and narrowed vision.

These are classic symptoms of a migraine—a debilitating pain so vivid it can only be understood by fellow sufferers. (more…)